OT To Those With Anxiety Panic Attack Issues

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Danielle19 - February 21

I got diagnosed with anxiety about 5 years ago and was taking paxil, up until about 8 months before i got pregnant and i did just great off the meds. was busy with the pregnancy and the new baby, but now that i have a more stable routine all the anxiety feeling have returned. so just owndering if anyone has any suggestions or can recommend any medicines they like, i really don't want to start taking any meds again, because we want to try for number in about 6 months, but its really effecting my life

 

AlissaF - February 21

The one and only med that i have liked is Lexapro. It didn't give me that weird 'fog' that other meds have given me and it made me able to function again. I've had anxiety issues all my life and usually try to manage without meds because I hate meds, but after I had my son, my anxiety got really bad, as well as ppd, so they put me on Lexapro and it did wonders. I just recently stopped taking it because I'm going to try to function normally without meds again.

 

LisaB - February 21

This is gonna sound hokie but what really worked for me was yoga, and watching my diet. I gave up all caffiene (xcept whats in chocolate) and also practicng my breathing blah, blah,blah I know it sounds unlikely but it really has worked for me. Oh another big thing for me is sleep if I don't get enough I will start to feel the anxiety coming back. I hate meds and refuse them so I had to learn life stategies to get through mine.

 

ashtynsmom - February 21

I started back on paxil after dd was born. It is the only one that works for me.

 

EricaG - February 21

I was on zoloft for depression/anxiety. It worked really well for me but made me gain some weight. I tried lexapro but I hated it, it made me mean!

 

SonyaM - February 21

I have had depression as long as I can remember but didn't go on meds until about 9 months after my first ds was born. I was on them off and on until I got pregnant with my second ds. At the end of my second trimester/beginning of my third trimester I had to go back on Paxil. I just couldn't cope and was already feeling like I had ppd and I hadn't even had the baby yet. I knew I had to do something. I was aware of the risks but felt it was best for me and my family. I don't regret it a bit. It made my pp days much easier and really made my ppd much much less than it would have been. I liked Paxil and lexapro but I am now on generic Prozac because my insurance didn't cover the others and they were too expensive. I can't imagine my left without my "happy" pills. Good luck and {{{{HUGS}}}}

 

SuzieQ - February 22

I'm like LisaB - no caffeine, yoga, relaxation techniques, sleep. I also have decreased my sugar intake too. I still get anxiety attacks, but only about 2-3 times every few months usually. I have a perscription for ativan in case I need it though.

 

Heather F - February 22

I had severe depression and anxiety issues and like LisaB I exercise and I practice breathing (meditation) so that when I do have an anxiety attack I breath deap relax meditate and tell myself "relax now" relax now". With those things I mentioned and some hard work with an inovative therapist that helped me get to the core of my issues with non-traditional therapy and hypnotherapy I havent had a panick attack in 3 years and I've been off medication (paxil, depakote, ativan) for that long as well. If you really want to avoid meds. for 6 months so you can ttc for #2 I would join a gym and exercise as well as meditate. I like to read the book the power of now, its helpful.

 

Danielle19 - February 22

I just joined the gym a couple weeks ago but have only been there once i also have read many books over the years, i think im going to see if there is any good yoga cla__ses in my area, and try to cut out my caffine, which will be the hardest part, i guess if none of that works ill have to go back to the meds, i do still have some calanzopan(sp?) incase i have a bad attack but hoping i never have to use that again, i let you guys know how things are going in a couple weeks thanks!!

 

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